National Geographic : 1962 Apr
islands flung lonely, as by some giant hand, into the South Pacific. He died believing that he had sighted a conti nent. The fact is that, to find a continent, Tasman came millions of years too late. The islands of New Zealand are remnants of a great continent that geologists call Gondwanaland, which vanished in a time unimaginably re mote. More poetically, the Maoris say that New Zealand is the result of a fishing trip. The folk hero Maui went angling with his elder brothers and landed a fish which must be an all-time record. This is the North Island of New Zea land, called by the Maori Te Ika a Maui-the fish of Maui. The story of New Zealand is an is- Auckland's spectacular sprawl tes tifies to its residents' love of individ ual house and garden. Red-lead paint protects corrugated-iron roofs.